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Economic Statistics

South Korean Trade Balance (in USD$)

Exports outperformed in South Korea in February producing a larger Trade Balance surplus than expected. The markets have been quiet and ranging early in Asia after a volatile NY session.

  • Trade Balance – Survey:1250M   Actual:2198M   Prior:-1957M
  • Exports (YoY) – Survey:16.4%   Actual:22.7%   Prior:-6.6%
  • Imports (YoY) – Survey:20.9%   Actual:23.6%   Prior:3.6%

Chicago Purcasing Manager Stronger 64.0 vs Survey of 61.0 and Prior of 60.2

Chicago Purcasing Manager Stronger 64.0 vs Survey of 61.0 and Prior of 60.2

Feb 12 vs Jan 12′
Prices Paid: 65.6 vs 62.4
Production: 67.8 vs 63.8
New Orders: 69.2 vs 63.6
Order Backlogs: 53.6 vs 48.6
Inventories: 49.6 vs 51.6
Employment: 64.2 vs 54.7 – Highest Number since may of 1984
Supplier Deliveries: 57.7 vs 61.5

GDP and Personal Consumption Both Higher

(Annualized):   Survey: 2.8%   Actual: 3.0%   Prior: 2.8%  

Personal Consumption:   Survey: 2.0%   Actual: 2.1%   Prior: 2.0%  

GDP Price Index:   Survey: 0.4%   Actual:  0.9%   Prior: 0.4%  

Core PCE QoQ:   Survey: 1.1%   Actual: 1.3%   Prior: 1.1%

Aussie Retail Sales

Aussie Retail Sales expected to be up 0.3% in January on a seasonally adjusted basis, came in as expected continuing the risk on sentiment from better data out of Japan and New Zealand earlier in the session.

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